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Kerri W posted this 19 March 2015

How were others able to ensure they had the money for “Skill Builders” and food? We aren’t allowed to spend money on food, so we’re concerned about this.

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Sue D posted this 19 March 2015

We found it really helpful to have discussions with both the pastors and lay leaders to see if they had any ideas of community partners who might be willing to make some donations. We used a template donation form to submit to the local grocery store for food and then also asked the local Wal-Mart for a donation that could be used to purchase skill builders. At times we have even been able to recruit the help of the attendees and they have, on occasion, agreed to bring the food needed for the demo.

Kerri W posted this 19 March 2015

We were thinking about getting the skill builders from the cooperative extension? Any suggestions?

Sue D posted this 19 March 2015

We didn’t know you could do this up front – and it could have saved us a lot of time if we had taken this route. Just know that if the skill builders are coming at no cost, then it may come with the caveat that the Cooperative Extension Agents actually have to teach most of the classes, which may be a welcome break for the lay leader! Be sure to tell them the topics that are coming up so they can choose the one that is best for them. We suggest forming good relationships with the Cooperative Extension up front so that you can form a collaborative working environment. Then, everyone wins!